Taking the plunge - From corporate employee to small business owner

POSTED: 05/06/13

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“Tina, the printer has run out of paper.”

As Personal Assistant to the Marketing and Communications Manager for a large corporation, this is what my career had become.  My working day offered no challenges. A mere robot, I arrived at 8.30am each morning, automatically performed the same tasks over and over again, and left right on the dot of 5pm. I could no longer bare being at work.  Disappointed and disheartened, I watched my extensive skills rust away through lack of use. I knew I had so much more to offer.

Of course, I approached my manager and begged her to give me something challenging and exciting to do – something I could sink my teeth into.  But everyone in the team had their own particular responsibilities and anyone who crossed the boundaries entered a minefield of internal office politics.

I needed a change.  Moving to the same job in another company was not the solution – I had lived and relived the above scenario too many times.   Life is short, way too short to be this unhappy and unsatisfied everyday.  Surely earning a living did not need to be like this.

After researching via the internet and talking to various people, I discovered the – new to me at the time – the phenomenon of the Virtual Assistant. This was the answer!!  I knew it straight away. So,I signed up with A Clayton’s Secretary and completed Kathie Thomas’s course on how to start up your own VA business.

I haven’t looked back!  In the first 12 months of my business I learnt more than I did in 10 years as an employee in the corporate world.  Today I am treated as an equal, a specialist in my field. My days are filled with variety and challenge, working with the most amazing and hard-working people. I choose whom I work with.  I choose to have lunch when, where and with whom. I decide!  I am passionate about my work and put in 100% simply because I want to, not because I have to!

Life is to be enjoyed.  Earn your living by doing what you enjoy and are passionate about. It is a win/win for you and the client.  Take the plunge.  You have to make it happen. It will not come to you. Yes, it can be scary and full of financial uncertainty.  During the first 12 months I networked and networked, gradually building business contacts and my client list.  At times I felt it would be easier to give in and have the security of a regular income.  However, as soon as I remembered how miserable I was, I focused back on the job at hand and that was enough to motivate me to continue. It is very rewarding now to look back over that time and see how far I have come!!

Tina Litte, Owner/Director of My Virtual Assistant offers administration and personal assistance to small to medium sized businesses. Learn more about Tina at www.myvirtualassistant.com.au

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